The yeast I have on hand is Wyeast Czech Pils. My original plan was to do 10 lbs of pils 2 of vienna, and the 3 oz of Saaz (1.5@60, 1 at 15, 0.5 at flameout). 5 gal batch.
I bought this a while ago but after seeing some of my water report comments, I thought maybe I should darken it down a bit. Hence the crystal. Also, I've only done ales so I'm just used to adding crystal for body. My water is not soft but it's what I have. Thought maybe adding the crystal and going for an amber lager would be better.
I wasn't thinking of 4 lbs of crystal, 1 lb at most and maybe less. That's just all that I have on hand.
Based on what you're suggesting and I appreciate the thoughts, I may go back to the original plan of 10+2. Wasn't sure if you used crystal in lagers. Some recipes I've read have it, others don't.